Humans have domesticated dogs as pets for ten thousand years. According to science, owning a dog is not only good for your physical health but also for your mental health, particularly if you are prone to depression and stress. A fact that has obviously not gone unnoticed by humans! Dogs of every breed are enormously popular as pets around the world. So, if you’re thinking about getting a dog, now is the time!
Dogsee Chew Lists out the Top Benefits of Owning a Dog:
1. Boosts ‘oxytocine’ levels:
Every time you gaze into your beloved dog’s eyes, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Have you ever wondered why? As it turns out, this staring contest is a pretty serious bonding exercise. Your brain gets a huge hit of ‘oxytocin’, when you stare deeply into the eyes of your dog. Oxytocine is a ‘cuddle chemical’ also known as “attachment hormone”. It is released not only in you but your dog too, during the romantic gazing! Oxytocin also solidifies relationships and makes you more generous. So this is a definite mental health benefit.
2. They Boost Your Immune System:
According to Science, owning a dog can actually your boost immune system and help you fight diseases off. Having the dog spread/track dirt in the house, helps raise immunity in children, who will then be less likely to need antibiotics or suffer from common flu viruses.
3. They Help Relieve Stress
Dogs are really good at calming us down. A study showed that when a person is given a stressful task to perform and is given the choice of a companion (a person, a dog, or both together), people were significantly calmer about the situation when they just had the dog around.
4. They Help Lower Blood Pressure:
Just petting or briefly interacting with a dog, significantly lowers your blood pressure. Even talking to a dog reduces your blood pressure, as well as stress levels, more so than talking to a person. Dogs are supposed to be fantastic for the heart in general – they’re associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
5. An Active Social Life
Even if you live alone, having a dog has the same emotional benefit as that of a human friendship. People will readily trust you if you’re walking a dog, more than they would trust other people walking on the street. They are more likely to come and interact with you.
So what are you waiting for? Get a pooch today! You can check out Dogsee Chew’s list of Top 10 Therapy dog breeds you can own.